Argentina beat Brazil at PANAM

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Maximiliano Lopez scored to help give Argentina the men's soccer gold medal at the Pan American Games after beating archrival Brazil 1-0.

Santo Domingo:

Striker Maximiliano Lopez scored on the stroke of halftime to help give Argentina the men's soccer gold medal at the Pan American Games after beating archrival Brazil 1-0. The match, a typically bruising and bad-tempered affair between the South Americans, ended in controversy when Brazil thought a late header had crossed the line. But the referee waved away their appeals, allowing Pablo Barzola's amazing goal-line clearance to stand. Lopez's winner was a reward for his strong running and ability to keep possession despite the close attention of Brazil's imposing central defence pairing of Gabriel Nascimento and Irineu. He broke into the right side of the penalty area and fired in a rebound after his first effort was parried by Brazil goalkeeper Fernando Anjos. Argenpana began the match brightly and the main threat to Brazil was the trickery and running of striker Franco Cangele. But the Brazilians came closest to scoring in the 19th minute when William saw a diving header tipped onto the bar by Argentina goalkeeper Gustavo Eberto. The tournament is for players under the age of 23, but Argentina and Brazil fielded teams in the 18-20 category. (AP)

Topics : Football
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